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Farewell Francis

March 7, 2009
Francis Magalona 1964-2009

Francis Magalona 1964-2009

Yesterday, March 6, 2009,  was a gloomy day for both the showbiz and music industries. Francis Magalona died at 12 noon due to multiple organ failure. Second semester of 2008, he was diagnosed of blood cancer, more popularly known as leukemia .

I still remember receiving a forwarded email from a friend some months back. It was one of Francis Magalona’s blog entries on his battle of leukemia and bone marrow transplant. There were picture embedded in that blog entry. It was really brave of him to post those hospital photos. But it showed how strong he was battling that dreadfull illness. And it was even inspring that he termed it Happy Battle. I have kept that email and still rests in my office inbox as it was too inspiring for me.

I can say I’m one of Francis M’s secret fans. I may not be a rap enthusiast but I like most of his music. Mga Kababayan Ko, Cold Summer Nights and Kaleidoscope World, just to name a few. His first rap song, Mga Kababayan Ko, has a mark on me. My late Tatay was able to hear and appreciate that song before he passed away in 1991. Tatay and I have different taste when it comes to song preference. We would always argue every Sunday whenever he puts KY 91.5 on the radio. That station plays those mega-oldies songs over and over again. And he would always get angry whenever I try to touch the dial. But whenever we hear Francis M’s song, Mga Kababayan ko, Tatay and I would always smile and listen to that nice rap song together.

I got saddened when heard the news from a colleague’s radio that Francis Magalona has passed on. I thought he was a bit too young to die. He was just 44 years old. But I guess he was able to make use those 44 years the best way he can. His passion for the the arts and undying love for the country was really inspirational. I don’t normally watch the local channels, but today I decided to tune in to Eat Bulaga on hopes that they will pay tribute to FM. They apparently dedicated the entire show just for him. As I was watching the show, I felt the overflowing love of his peers not only from the show but also from the  big world he lived in.

He is indeed an icon. A true legend who made an idelible mark in the music industry. His music and artistry will continue to live on. His legacy will linger on forever.

My condolences to the Magalona family. May FM’s good soul find rest in the loving arms of our Creator. 

22 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2009 4:20 pm

    long live kay kiko!

    may he rest in peace

  2. March 7, 2009 4:50 pm

    That’s really sad. He’d been a great c0ntributi0n to OPM music. I too, like kaleidoscope. Who doesn’t luv “Mga Kababayan ko”? Somehow that song taught me why we should be proud we are Filipinos.

  3. March 8, 2009 12:38 am

    RIP idol Francis!!

    may post din ako na ganyan Winkie!!

  4. prinsesamusang permalink
    March 8, 2009 2:19 am

    certainly he is making good music up there.

  5. March 8, 2009 3:11 pm

    Ang daming nagpopost ng entry tungkol kay master rapper. May he rest in peace!

  6. March 8, 2009 4:33 pm

    Nabasa ko rin po yung lahat ng blog entries ni Francis M sa Multiply. Napakatapang nya sa lahat ng hinarap nya sa buhay. Nakakalungkot pa rin talaga pag naisip kong wala na sya. T_T

  7. March 9, 2009 12:20 am

    Napakabata pa at napaka-talentado. Sayang nga lang he died at such a young age.

  8. lpt2821 permalink
    March 9, 2009 1:30 am

    it’s so sad that this type of thing can happen to those who we least expect it to happen to…
    so, we should stay happy and always take it easy…
    thanks to your blog, updated ako sa mga kaganapan dyan…
    i pray for the repose of his soul…

  9. March 9, 2009 10:31 pm

    I’m a secret fan of FM too.ü Girl Be Mine naman ang favorite kong kanta nya.

    God bless!

    • March 10, 2009 12:14 am

      brad.. astig yan kantang yan…..

    • March 10, 2009 3:45 am

      hmmm… gusto ko rin yan Girl Be Mine. one day may kakanta nyan for me, whehehe!

  10. March 10, 2009 12:56 pm

    sino kaya??.. hmmm….

    “let the wind blow
    let the wind touch my face
    i wanna take a little break now
    shake now
    this is what i have to say
    i feel so fine
    so fine the it blows my mind
    tell the truth
    when will you be mine”

    • March 10, 2009 1:32 pm

      ang lagay eh, di ko pa alam kung sino. hehehe! ei, thanks for the lyrics. girl be mine yan di ba? 🙂

  11. March 10, 2009 3:01 pm

    yan yun.. balitaan mo ko kapag meron na ha??


    • March 10, 2009 3:04 pm

      hahaha… sure, text ko syo. hehehe!

  12. March 10, 2009 7:04 pm

    haha! same tau.. secret fan din nya..
    I really don’t watch tv alot but waited and look 4 every program dedicated to mr. francis m

    • March 10, 2009 11:18 pm

      ayan, di na tyo secret fans. marami nang nakakaalam. hehehe!

      thanks for peeking in. i cant seem to comment on your site.

  13. azul permalink
    March 11, 2009 3:14 am

    nagbasa basa ako ng happy battle nakita ko din mga pics nia dun…grabe mukha ciang kawawa okei na din siguro na nawala sya kasi di na cia nahihirapan ngayon..

  14. March 11, 2009 3:32 am

    true legend si francis m..
    he’s a loss..

    anyhpws..tag kita ms post ko..


  15. March 11, 2009 4:08 am

    huhuhu. 😦 nilibing na siya ngayon. he’s a total lost in music industry. 😦

  16. March 13, 2009 12:33 am

    oist winkie!!

    wala pa ba balita?? wala pa ba kumanta sa iyo?? hehe!

    • March 13, 2009 1:36 am

      oist charlie!!! wala pa… as in WALA! sabi ko naman syo eh abisuhan kita pag meron na eh!hehehe!

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